Miracle. That’s the word that comes to mind with this blog post. Why? Because that’s exactly what baby Holden Silas is. He’s a miracle. Let me start a little farther back. Tracie and T.J. have been married around 14 years. Tracie is my best friend. A few years ago, I did a shoot with her and I called it “Twelve Years a Bride”. At the time she and T.J. didn’t have any children. It wasn’t because they didn’t want any. They have wanted children for 11 years. But there have been none. They, like many other couples in this world, have struggled with infertility. They have tried fertility drugs, IVF, and a couple of other options to help, but nothing ever did. It has been a long and heart breaking journey.
But there’s something that makes this post so much more special than anything I’ve ever posted. Earlier this year she and I were talking and she was telling me she felt bad. She started naming off the symptoms and in the back of my mind, I somehow knew. But I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get her hopes up. In the meantime, she had been to the doctor to get a few tests run to make sure everything was okay. The doctor’s office called and let her know everything was normal. But God!!!
She got another call from the lab a little while later. They asked if she was driving and told her to pull over. She did and sure enough they ran a pregnancy test and it came back POSITIVE! Yep, you read that right. She found out that day that she and T.J. were expecting! When she called me and let me know, I may have cried as much as she was.
It was an honor to be asked to do this shoot and I CANNOT wait to hold Holden Silas. He doesn’t know how long we’ve all been waiting for him. He’s already so loved!
Til next time.
Do Well and Do Good
I think I need to warn you before you get to far into this post. This, is going to be a lengthy one. There were too many good images and I had a very hard time narrowing them down. I always do with weddings. Maybe it’s because weddings are my favorite event to photograph. Reguardless, there are a lot of images that you are going to get to see as you scroll. The venue for this wedding is beautiful! The Granite Club, also known as the McKinney-O’Conner House, is a 7500 square foot mansion that was built in the 1920’s oil boom. It’s got a plantation like feel and a victorian vibe. One of my top favorite venues for sure!
The day started like any other wedding day. I got there as Jade was getting her hair and make up finished. A few people from the wedding party were on the grounds. You could feel the excitement. Her colors were navy and pink they complimented each other very well. The air smelled of fresh flowers and Summer. Slowly the wedding party arrived and things really got going. There were boutonnieres of lavender and bouquets of roses and peonies. It was lovely . The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed.
I love the look on Mom’s face as her oldest daughter was being buttoned into her wedding gown.
This flower girl was so much fun.
Per usual, the groomsmen showed up ready to have a good time. It was a little rowdy, but all in fun and you could tell they were having a good time.
As the morning passed and everyone got closer to being completely ready, it was soon time for Jacob and Jade’s first look. One of my favorite parts of the day.
And then finally, ceremony time.
The reception was a blast. Great people and amazing food!
Jacob and Jade, I can’t say thank you enough for letting me be apart of your day! It was beautiful just like you!
Til next time,
Do Well and Do Good,
Hair & Make up: Jordan Carter
Flowers: Jason Roberson
Venue: The Granite Club
Dress: Low’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Catering: Woods Catfish
I’ve always said that if I wasn’t a photographer, I would’ve been a labor and delivery nurse. Having the job of helping to bring babies into the world is at the top of my list of amazing professions. So when Kelly asked me to be in the room when she delivered Grayson, I was ecstatic! I had to keep myself from tearing up right there. As the last week of her pregnancy came around, I found myself carrying around my phone like a doctor that’s on call. It went everywhere with me. Finally I got THE text. Kelly visited her doctor and was going to be admitted to be induced. I got my stuff together and headed to the hospital. When I got there, things were going along nicely. Kelly was having contractions and definitely in pain. She labored into the night and the next day. After around 30 hours, her doctor decided it was time for a c-section. Everything went very smoothly and baby Grayson got here without any problems. He was a healthy 7lbs 15oz. Aside from my own childrens’ birth, it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I was snapping photos and crying at the same time. I will never, EVER, forget my first labor and delivery session.
Kelly and Bradley, God has blessed you with the most precious baby and he is beautiful. It’s gonna be so much fun getting to watch Grayson grow up!
Till next time.
Do Well and Do Good,
We all know that life can be tough. It can be mean and it can be downright unfair. Things often happen that we don’t understand. Bad things that happen to good people. When a child is involved, it makes it that much more terrible. I know…that’s probably got to be the worst opening to a blog post I’ve ever written. But stick with me. I’m going somewhere with it. Not long ago, I was scrolling on Facebook and came across some news that stopped me right there and took my breath away. My friend Britny, had received news that her son, Landon, had been diagnosed with Lukemia. I sat at my computer and cried…and cried and cried. Landon isn’t even ten years old. His life is just starting. Immediately I started praying life over their situation and over Landon. I started thanking God for Landon’s healing. I started praying for peace for the Duncan family. Before this, Lukemia was one of those things that happened to families far away, that I didn’t know. I know it happens everyday and we all know someone who has received that same diagnoses, but for me this was a first. Our community rallied around Taylor, Britny, Landon, and Cash. People started doing what they could for this small family. They started helping out in all ways. Britny has been keeping us all updated on Landon. And let me tell you, prayer works! After getting the initial bad news, she got good news that things were shrinking and going away. I’m not up all of the techinal terms, so I won’t try to use and medical jargon. I just want to add that Landon is an amazing kid!! The day of our shoot, he was up for it. He didn’t complain and he kept smiling. He loves to be outside and he loves to shoot his guns. When I walked in, he was sitting on the couch getting his shoes on. Somehow he and I got on the subject of things that he likes to do. Right away he started telling me about his guns, and showing me some bullets he has, and how he loves to shoot them. He smiled the whole time. It is one of the sweetest smiles too.
Taylor and Britny, thank you for asking me to come into your home and your lives. I enjoyed spending time with you guys and I am especially thankful that my path has crossed with Landon’s. He is strong, loving, and unforgettable. Landon, I can’t wait to see you kick the crap out of cancer!!!
Til next time.
Do Well and Do Good